Immigration

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Freedman, Russell Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Freedman’s slender volume on the history and importance of California’s Angel Island Immigration Station — the portal for Asian immigration to the U.S. — covers a lot of ground. He weaves a clear and straightforward narrative […]

Five questions for Jerry Pinkney

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At the 2016 Youth Media Awards announcement at ALA Midwinter, the audience cheered loudly when prolific author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney was named the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement winner. A few minutes later, history was made — and the crowd again went wild! — when he also won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his […]

From the Guide: Spanish-Language and Bilingual Books

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In her article “On Writing the American Familia,” author Meg Medina speaks to the language “dilemma” of Latino families: “Some of us speak Spanish, and some of us don’t — sometimes all under the same roof.” Written in Spanish; both English and Spanish; or Spanglish (of which Medina is an “unabashed fan”), these picture books […]

Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go. Below is an updated list of recommended books about Dr. King’s life and legacy (all reviewed and recommended […]

Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference

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What a fantastic, productive time we had at ALA Midwinter 2016. How nice that it was in our own backyard, Boston, and even nicer that it didn’t snow — though Cali boy Mac Barnett was still cold, despite natty inside-hat-and-scarf. We drank a little champagne and a lot of coffee, ate franks at Fenway, posed […]

Books mentioned in the January 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Barbara McClintock Adèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock, Farrar, 4–7 years. Where’s Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio, Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years. Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic, 4–7 years. Get a move on On the Ball by Brian Pinkney, Disney-Hyperion, 3–6 years. Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim, Holiday, […]

ALA Awards 2016: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street and Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie on January 11, 2016, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Boston. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta […]

Reviews of the 2016 Sibert Award winners

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Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate Abrams 40 pp. 8/15 978-1-4197-1647-8 $18.95 Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four years […]

Reviews of the 2016 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna; illus. by the author; trans. from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick Primary     Enchanted Lion     44 pp. 9/15     978-1-59270-180-3     $18.95 Review to come.     Honor Books: Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld; illus. by Philippe Dumas; trans. from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green Intermediate     […]

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Music by Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael López Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99 A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums. […]